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Back to the Bars is a live album by rock musician Todd Rundgren, which was released as a double LP in 1978.

Back to the Bars
Live album by
ReleasedDecember, 1978
RecordedThe Bottom Line in New York, the Roxy in Los Angeles, and the Agora in Cleveland
LabelBearsville Records
ProducerTodd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren chronology
Hermit of Mink Hollow
Back to the Bars
Singles from Back to the Bars
  1. "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference"
    Released: October 1978

The album was recorded during week-long stints in New York City (The Bottom Line), Los Angeles (The Roxy), and Cleveland (The Agora). The music featured the best of Rundgren's most commercial work spanning seven of the eight solo albums released in the 1970s up to, but not including his most recent at the time. This effort was in place of rumors of a re-release of his out-of-print first two LPs, Runt, and Runt. The Ballad of Todd Rundgren. The only offering from those were "The Range War", and the bulk of the material came from Something/Anything?, A Wizard, a True Star, Todd, Initiation, and Faithful. The finale included past and present members of Rundgren's Utopia: Roger Powell, Kasim Sulton, John Wilcox, John Siegler, Ralph Schuckett, and Moogy Klingman. Also joining in were the Hello People: Norman Smart, Greg Geddes, Bobby Sedita, and Larry Tasse. Special guest stars were Rick Derringer, Spencer Davis, Daryl Hall, John Oates, and Stevie Nicks.

Despite a hard push to replicate the success of Frampton Comes Alive!, Back to the Bars did not generate any significant singles or lift for Rundgren.


Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Todd Rundgren; except where indicated.

Side oneEdit

  1. "Real Man" – 4:47
  2. "Love of the Common Man" – 4:25
  3. "The Verb 'To Love'" – 8:00
  4. "Love in Action" – 3:44
  5. "A Dream Goes on Forever" – 2:42

Side twoEdit

  1. "Sometimes I Don't Know What to Feel" – 4:13
  2. "The Range War" – 2:56
  3. "Black and White" – 5:34
  4. "The Last Ride" – 6:03
  5. "Cliché" – 4:12
  6. "Don't You Ever Learn?" – 5:53

Side threeEdit

  1. "Never Never Land" (Adolph Green, Betty Comden, Jule Styne) – 2:50
  2. "Black Maria" – 5:41
  3. "Zen Archer" – 5:43
  4. Medley: "I'm So Proud" (Curtis Mayfield) /"Ooh Baby Baby" (Al Cleveland, Renaldo Benson, Smokey Robinson) /"La la Means I Love You" (Thom Bell, William Hart) /"I Saw the Light" – 11:09

Side fourEdit

  1. "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference" – 4:27
  2. "Eastern Intrigue" – 5:43
  3. "Initiation" – 6:49
  4. "Couldn't I Just Tell You" – 4:05
  5. "Hello It's Me" – 4:27


Musicians on the album include Utopia (on Side 1, Side 4 Tracks 1-4), Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Spencer Davis, Hello People, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Stevie Nicks, and Rod Willcox



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Year Chart Position
1978 Canada RPM Album Chart 64
1978 Billboard Pop Albums[2] 75